Joy To The World CD (2010)

Artist: Pink Martini

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Label Heinz Records/nail
SKU 217185826
UPC 723721506452
UPC 14 00723721506452
Format CD
Release Date 11/16/2010
Author Pink Martini
Associated Artist/Work Saori Yuki
Associated Artist/Work The Von Trapps (band)
Associated Artist/Work Von Trapps (Singers) (The)
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Friedlander
Producer Pink Martini; Thomas Lauderdale
CatalogID HNZ007
Lable Name Heinz Records
Released 11/16/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 26s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00723721506452
Musical Guests
Saori Yuki
The Pacific Youth Choir
Portland Boychoir
Lions of Batucada
The Pacific Choir
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Timothy Nishimoto (vocals, percussion); China Forbes (vocals); Dan Faehnle (guitar); Maureen Love (harp); Nicholas Crosa (violin); Pansy Chang (cello); Gavin Bondy (trumpet); Robert Taylor (trombone); Thomas Lauderdale (piano); Phil Baker (upright bass); Martin Zarzar (drums, percussion); Derek Rieth, Brian Davis (congas, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Dave Friedlander.
Recording information: Crossroads Productions, Vancouver, WA (05/2008-08/2010); Kung Fu Bakery, Portland, OR (05/2008-08/2010); Crossroads Productions, Vancouver, WA (06/2006); Kung Fu Bakery, Portland, OR (06/2006).
Just when it feels like every possible version of every possible holiday song has been recorded already, Pink Martini's Joy to the World finds ways to revive holiday spirits. While the band could very easily do a swanky lounge-pop album of the season's songs, this globally minded collection is traditional and unpredictable at the same time. Pink Martini begins Joy to the World with an intimate rendition of "White Christmas" that's so faithful to the original that it features the sunny California prelude that was included when it debuted in the film Holiday Inn, then they follow it with a lush orchestral rendition -- sung in Japanese. Yet quirks like these don't feel kitschy; aside from "Santa Baby," Joy to the World's lone indulgence in camp, the album sings of peace and celebration in many tongues. Whether they give "Little Drummer Boy"'s arrangement a Middle Eastern-meets-lounge twist or sing "Silent Night" in German, Arabic, and English, Pink Martini ensures this is truly a multicultural party. The group even makes fresh choices for Hanukkah and New Year's, presenting the conclusion of the Amidah prayer set to music ("Elohai, N'tzor") and "Ocho Kandelikas," a Sephardic song sung in Ladino. "Congratulations," a song for the Chinese New Year, is such a breath of fresh air compared to "Auld Lang Syne" that it's easy to forget that this song would normally be heard in late January or early February instead of the end of December. And when "Auld Lang Syne" arrives with an arrangement inspired by Brazilian Carnaval music, it sends off the album, and the year, with a huge celebration. A near-perfect blend of spirituality and festivity, Joy to the World lets listeners hear the holidays with new ears, and maybe see it with fresh eyes, too. ~ Heather Phares
Disc 1
1 White Christmas
2 White Christmas, Pt. 2 - (featuring Saori Yuki)
3 Shchedryk (Ukrainian Bell Carol) - (featuring The Pacific Youth Choir)
4 Santa Baby
5 Elohai, N'Tzor
6 Little Drummer Boy
7 Congratulations (A Happy New Year Song)
8 Do You Hear What I Hear?
9 Vergine Degli Angeli [From La Forza del Destino], La
10 We Three Kings
11 Snowglobe Christmas, A
12 Ocho Kandelikas [Eight Little Candles]
13 Silent Night
14 Auld Lang Syne - (featuring The Pacific Choir)
Product Attributes
Artist Pink Martini
Music Format Compact Disc
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